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Oral history interview with Marita Pietsch Beck

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.68 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0068

Marita Pietsch Beck, born in Budapest, Hungary on January 9, 1936, describes her family; how her mother converted to Catholicism; being raised Catholic and not knowing she was Jewish until 1944; the German occupation of Hungary; her mother explaining to her the concept of war; how gentiles could not work for Jews and thus losing her governess; being relatively unaware of the war before 1944; the death of her father when she was two years old; her Jewish stepfather; her education; bombings in Budapest in 1944; her antisemitic paternal grandparents; going to live with a paternal uncle on a farm in Hungary near the Soviet border; going back to live with her mother; the deportations to Auschwitz; how her stepfather hid with a gentile family; how on January 12, 1945 Hungarian Nazis checked the documents of all the tenants in her building and accused her of being a Jew; how she was saved from execution by a bombing and a woman who hid her; and how her grandfather survived the war.

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Marita P. Beck
Sonia Brodsky
interview:  2009 September 11
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:26:30
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